The first book in the series (Promises Linger) wowed me so much that I immediately bought the next two. And I have to admit, if I hadn't loved the first one so much, and if I hadn't already liked the character of Cougar, I may not have gotten through the Kindle sample chapters to the rest of the book.
In the first chapter, there's a description of a rimming. (If you're not sure what that is, Google it. With caution.)** That is a usually a major turn off for me, but I kept going. And I'm glad I did.
This book was not as good as the first one, but I think it's because of my own level of discomfort with some of the subject matter. In the book description, you're told that Mara is a "soiled dove," but it doesn't explain that she was not actually a whore. She'd been sold into prostitution by her father to settle a debt, and then drugged and put in a room for a man to take her virginity. That man is Cougar, the male lead in this story, except he didn't know she was drugged. He does help her escape when he realizes what happened, but she doesn't remember that he's the man who "raped" her. She later marries him, still not knowing he's the one. But Cougar likes it rough, and it turns out that Mara does, too. And that's where I was a little uncomfortable throughout the book. Not that they liked it rough (I mean, really, who doesn't?), but that as a rape victim she found pleasure in the roughness.
This book, just like the first one, was hot, just not as good.
**The rimming happened more than once in the book, as did anal sex, so if that's a deal breaker for you, this isn't the book for you.